10 Legitimately Enjoyable Books That Will Refresh Your Career Goals


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Feeling like your career is in a rut, or you’re going through a creative block? We’ve been there — all you need is a little inspiration. Here are 10 books that aren’t dry AF that’ll help you set fresh goals for your career path. Trust us on this one, and let the experts guide the way.

1. “Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want—And Getting It!” — Henriette Anne Klauser

The Skinny: If you’ve been feeling all-over-the-place, read Klauser’s ultimate guide to list-making. Her main method of refreshing goals is to right them down in categorized lists. Hey, making a little list never hurt anyone.

2. “5: Where Will You Be Five Years from Today?” — Dan Zadra

The Skinny: We all hit roadblocks in our careers that make an eight-hour workday seem like a year. Reading this book will help you put your entire career path into perspective and force you to ask yourself, Where do I want to be five years from now?

3. “Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career” — Jocelyn K. Glei

The Skinny: If you’re feeling like you’re on a roll and want to take your career to the next level, read this book. You’ll learn how to create new professional relationships in the workplace and to establish an environment in which your work can be seen and acknowledged.

4. “Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness” — Kerry Hannon 

The Skinny: If you do your job well, but you’re not exactly loving it, use this book as a guide to learning how to enjoy your work. Not every job can feel like it holds significant meaning, but with Hannon’s tips, you’ll feel purposeful right where you are.

5. “The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success” — Nicholas Lore

The Skinny: Looking for a career change, but just not sure how to make the move? Lore’s book on switching your career path will point you in the right direction. You’ll learn how to know what to choose and how to feel purpose in your choice.

6. “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success” — Megan McArdle

The Skinny: Maybe you didn’t just hit a snag in your career — maybe you experienced total failure. If you’ve been laid off or fired, you may be feeling disappointed and pessimistic. McArdle’s book on handling failure will help you turn your setbacks into success.

7. “Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong” — Jessica Bacal

The Skinny: Whether you’re feeling like you’re making mistakes or not, sometimes you just need to hear some soul-to-soul career advice from successful people. Bacal combines 25 pivotal stories about how now-influential women made mistakes in their early careers.

8. “Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement” — Tony Robbins

The Skinny: As hard as we all work, we could use some words of encouragement. Here’s a book on teaching yourself to think constructively about your own abilities, because believe it or not, you have so much power.

9. “#GIRLBOSS” — Sophia Amoruso

The Skinny: Ready to jump ship where you currently are to start your own business or venture? Check out Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS, which will empower you to consider what you can do on your own, and how to get there.

10. “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

The Skinny: Any start-up people in the house? This book will not only teach you how to successfully scale a company, but also how to put forth your best personal efforts, and be acknowledged for doing it.


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